When you sit down to enter a listing into the MLS, it can really be a challenge, especially if the property is unique. So much information coming from so many places, it can be tricky to remember it all. To help, here is part three of our guide to obscure MLS fields and how they work (part 1, part 2, part 4 and part 5 are available here).

Roller Shields

Roller shields are the blinds you see on the outside of windows. Homes can have a variety of types and brands of roller shields that can help with anything from break-in protection to noise reduction to saving money on energy bills.

Photo of Roller Shield

Capital Improvement Fee

A “capital improvement” is often defined as the addition of a permanent structural improvement or the restoration of some aspect of a property that will either enhance the property’s overall value or increase its useful life. HOA’s and their board members typically have language in their documents surrounding the rules of spending on capital improvements. There is not, however, an industry adopted definition of what projects constitute a capital improvement.


Tandem Garage

A tandem garage is a two-car garage, but designed so that one car parks in front of the other. You may also run into a three car tandem style design, where two cars can park side by side with a third car behind one of those two.

Tandem garage


blue prints of tandem garage

Interior Levels

In the MLS an interior level is defined as a discrete horizontal plane of interior living space for a dwelling. This does not include basements. It can also be open to interpretation based on the agent enter the listing. Think about split level homes, they would have 2 interior levels even though they are not a 2 story house. Some agent may consider a house to be split level, while others may not based on the homes design. See an image explanation here.

wooden stairs inside house